In an exclusive interview with GIVEMESPORT, former Spurs midfielder Paul Stewart said his former club should sign at least one of two Premier League defenders in the transfer window.
What new signings did Paul Stewart recommend for Tottenham?
Stewart is keen on Tottenham investing in defensive reinforcements and has cited Brighton’s Lewis Dunk or Southampton’s Jannik Vestergaard as the future of Spurs’ backline.
Stewart said, “I spoke to a few people about him [Vestergaard] and believe it or not dunk from Brighton. Big imposing boy who scores goals as a midfielder which is also a bonus. I would be happy if you invested in either one. “
He suggested that Dunk and Vestergaard would be important additions to Tottenham’s rearguard.
“Vestergaard and Dunk would be two players I would definitely consider to bring at least one of them,” he said. “I think Dunk’s had a really good season.”
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Why does Tottenham have to sign defensively this summer?
Tottenham have conceded 41 Premier League goals this season, including three against Leeds at the weekend. The site has experimented with multiple options in the heart of the back four. These included the youth of Joe Roden, Eric Dier, who is more naturally suited to the base of midfield, and the more seasoned options of Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez.
Alderweireld was a solid support in the defense of Spurs in 22 league games and achieved a WhoScored rating of 6.87. His defensive partners struggled to match the level of the Belgian, however, with the two more regular options Sanchez and Dier only hitting 6.68 and 6.66 respectively.
Who better to sign – Dunk or Vestergaard?
Availability is one of the most important traits for center-backs, ensuring consistency at the base of the team. Despite strong stats across most defense departments, Vestergaard’s injury problems make him a less than desirable option.
The Southampton defender has missed nine games with a knee injury this season, Transfermarkt said. That equates to 47 injured days for the Saints and adds up to 23 games missed in the past three seasons.
By comparison, Dunk has only missed two games for Brighton following an ankle injury earlier this season and has started at least 36 games in all of its Premier League campaigns to date.
It may seem like splitting hairs, but especially after testing so many different options this season, having a solid central defense should be a must for Spurs by 2021/22.
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